Sunday Buckeyes review: Pros and cons


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Breaking down the positives along with a few negatives that will have coach Urban Meyer's attention after a 31-16 win over Central Florida on Saturday.

What worked

  • Miller (over)time: There are justifiable concerns about just how much work Braxton Miller had to do to help the Buckeyes pull out a win. But that doesn't take anything away from the effort the sophomore quarterback turned in with another dynamic performance that didn't do anything but improve his chances of national attention and contention for awards. Miller was responsible for all four touchdowns, including three of them as a rusher, and his passing numbers were also much better in his second outing in the spread offense as he completed 18 of his 24 attempts. There was an interception and there were bad exchanges in the option game, but the volume of yardage and the points he's putting on the board are invaluable.

  • Good hands: Orhian Johnson deserves a reprieve on those pushups he and the defensive backs do when they tip a ball but can't intercept it. After all, the attempt the senior safety deflected wound up in the hands of Travis Howard, so the Buckeyes still were able to get the turnover. Ohio State also batted another pass that went for an interception among the three it created on defense, showing both awareness and good concentration to continue a hot start creating plays on that side of the ball.